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London fire: Blaze engulfs apartment block in West London

14 June 2017

A massive blaze has engulfed a block of flats in west London with witnesses reporting people being trapped in their homes.

The London Fire Brigade tweeted that the fire involved the second to the top floor of the 24-story building.

The cause of the fire was not known at this stage, London Fire Brigade said.

"One year ago the council renovated the building both externally and internally", Sha said.

More than 200 firefighters were sent to tackle the fire.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan says questions need to be answered about tower blocks around the city following a devastating fire.

Flames licked up the sides of the block in the north Kensington area as 200 firefighters, backed up by 40 fire engines, fought the blaze for hours.

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- A number of people were killed and dozens others were taken to hospitals following a high-rise fire in west London.

Edward Daffarn says he was on the 16th floor and heard a neighbor's smoke alarm go off and another neighbor called and told him to get out. 'A lot of people said "Help, help, help". "It wasn't good", she told CNN. "He came to the window, and there was fire all around where his flat was", Mnemimeh. A witness told Reuters she feared not all residents had escaped the fire.

"My brother has friends and they live in there", he said. When no-one came to help, she made a decision to escape on her own, the woman said. Many were awake at the time the fire broke out having their early morning meal before beginning the daily fast for the holy month of Ramzan.

At St. Clement's Church, where evacuees gathered, Hadra Hassad was trying to find one of her closest friends, who lived on the 21st floor.

And another person is filmed screaming for help as they wave clothes out the window to get the attention of rescuers. "It's unbearable hearing someone screaming for their lives at #grenfelltower".

Michael Paramasivan said he was watching TV in the building as his girlfriend and daughter slept when he smelled burning plastic. Soon he saw the smoke and chaos.

"Somebody did, a gentleman ran forward and managed to grab the baby".

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"All our warnings fell on deaf ears and we predicted that a catastrophe like this was inevitable and just a matter of time". "And it was just spreading like wildfire". While the borough is one of the most affluent in London, North Kensington is a particularly deprived district. There are fears that the building, with more than 100 apartments, might collapse. The building was to undergo specific improvements to fire safety and ventilation works.

A boxing gym and a nursery are housed in the tower, according to a news release past year from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The building is heavily populated and contains 120 homes.

"We've set up emergency centres nearby and people have been evacuated to those", local councillor Nick Paget-Brown said on Sky News.

Another resident, called Zara, said she saw a woman throw her son, who was about five from a fifth or sixth floor window to escape the blaze.

"I'd like to thank my officers and colleagues at London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance Service for the sterling work they are doing at this time".

She said the first fire trucks were on the scene within six minutes. He told the BBC that a situation where "people's safety is put at risk by bad advice or poor maintenance" could not be tolerated.

Khan who described the incident as "distressing", also praised the quick response from the emergency services.

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"Officers, the London Fire Brigade and the London Ambulance Service are now at the scene".

London fire: Blaze engulfs apartment block in West London